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After making a positive debut for Bayern Munich, Daniel Perez's status could deteriorate. Despite conflicting reports about Manuel Neuer's condition, sporting director Christoph Freund stated yesterday that the senior goalkeeper's return to team training was "a matter of just a few days".
According to estimates in Germany, Neuer will need at least a week of training before playing again, but his comeback is still approaching, and that could push Perez into the third goalkeeper position, with Sven Ulreich at least for now.
Even before Peretz's premiere yesterday, the German website BR24 analyzed the status of the Israeli, and explained why his future is uncertain.
"Is Daniel Perez Manuel Neuer's successor? The people responsible for bringing him to Bayern Munich refuse answers to this question, and Perez himself must do everything possible to avoid declaring war on Neuer, at least for the time being," explained the writer, Raphael Weiss.
"It's not clear how many minutes Perez will get in the next games, if any," and if you want to understand his true status at the moment, "you have to read between the lines."
Germany claim: There's a reason Bayern chiefs are cautious when interviewed about Perez/Getty Images, Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto
"Bayern Munich officials describe Perez in the same way. They speak of it as a 'promise for the future', and deliberately avoid comparing it to Neuer. It seems that the phrase 'new successor' has been blacklisted in Munich recently, and they are trying to avoid this term as much as possible," he explains, mentioning Alexander Nouvel, another goalkeeper who came to Bayern in the past with great promise, but went through so many loans that "it is almost impossible to imagine him returning to the club in the future".
"The lesson learned from the Alexander Nobel case is being applied at Bayern to Daniel Peretz. That is why at this stage we are not talking about his abilities, but mainly about his personality. In this way, Bayern does not allow expectations about him to skyrocket, while at the same time making fans believe that he is capable of developing into a good goalkeeper. One thing is for sure - Neuer doesn't like it at all when people talk about finding a successor. This kind of talk confronts him with the fact that his career is nearing an end. And even if it's a fait accompli, Bayern really doesn't want to upset Neuer, the captain and leader of the team."
Therefore, according to the writer, the choice of Daniel Perez over more proven goalkeepers such as David de Gea, for example, "is not only professional, but also political."
"Bayern strongly avoided a direct competitor to Neuer, preferring to put the pressure on him and Thomas Tuchel. That's why they gambled on Perez and didn't sign bigger names like De Gea, Yassine Bounou or David Raya. And as of now, the program is working. Perez is playing his part as expected. He doesn't demand playing minutes and wants promises like Alexander Noble. He introduces himself privately, repeatedly clarifies that Neuer is his role model, and explains that he has been a Bayern Munich fan since childhood. So far, he has no complaints even that Sven Ulreich is preferred over him. A small ego or a big team spirit like Perez has shown so far, that's the quality Bayern was looking for and finding in him. But in truth, Peretz is much more than a friendly guy and a solid goalkeeper - he is one of the greatest talents in Israeli football ever, a player with few shortcomings, and a lot of abilities."
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Alexander Nobel as a parable. Neuer/GettyImages, Lukas Schulze
In contrast to Bayern, the writer is not wary of the comparison to Neuer, stating that "in a way, Peretz's career path is reminiscent of that of Neuer at the beginning of his career. Neuer arrived at Bayern at the age of 25 and became the top goalkeeper fairly quickly. Peretz joined at a similar age. The thing is, it is very difficult to predict whether Perez will ever be Bayern's top goalkeeper. For that to happen, he's going to have to perfect my abilities."
The writer concluded: "When Neuer returns to the field, Perez won't even be the team's second goalkeeper. Sven Ulreich, who will be ahead of him in the rotation, succeeded largely because of what he never was and never will be: Manuel Neuer's successor. But at some point Neuer will finish his career and if Perez plans to succeed him, he must conduct himself responsibly and cautiously - not only to show good ability and prove himself, but also to beware of ego wars. He has to understand his place and respect the egos around him."
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